Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Fear And Faith

All of our emotions are here to help us. They provide opportunities for us to overcome inner obstacles and to grow and live more fully. Hopefully as we experience life, we begin to see what brings pain and what brings joy and peace. For some, this seems to happen naturally, while others struggle with life as they go along.

Fear is one emotion with which we're very familiar. It's an emotion we create in response to a real or imagined threat. It can be our friend if it alerts us to a real threat so we can do what's necessary to protect ourself. But what about all those threats our mind creates? Do you ever play the "What if" game? What if they don't like me. What if I don't get the job. What if I can't accomplish something. And on and on. Do you feel the fear rising? Yes, we often fall into this trap. And it hurts. So how do we get out of it?

Feed your faith, and your fears will starve to death. Author Unknown

Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark. Rabindranath Tagore

Faith is Divine energy, and it helps transform people and situations. But like fear, it can be a friend or an enemy. Faith is related to belief, and we put a lot of faith in what we believe to be true. When we believe in things like love, wholeness and plenty, they will manifest. And when we misuse our faith and believe in illness, lack or discord, those will manifest.

So maybe you should ask yourself, what do I believe to be true? What do I trust? And how can I know what's true? Think about it. When you put your faith in some sort of adversity, such as illness or lack, don't you feel conflict somewhere inside? And when you put your faith in wholeness and plenty, don't you feel peace inside? Spirit within will tell you the difference. That you can trust.

We spend a lot of time being afraid of something. And there are times when we feel we don't have enough faith. But we've been given an endless supply--a gift from our Creator. Kalil Gibran says, "Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof." It's our inheritance as children of the Universe, and it's ours to develop and use without fear. Practice being aware of your feelings, and when fear appears, meet it with whatever faith you have. Then keep your focus on truth, and your awareness of faith will increase. And your faith will be sufficient.

I wish you faith as you overcome fear.


1 comment:

  1. Marilyn, this is a great essay that hit home for me. I'm the queen of "what if"! It never gets me very far! I like the idea of "dream it and it will come". It seems so easy. Wonder why I go to fear first?

    Hope your world is a happier place.